Community groups offered grants by highways company

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Grants of up to £250 are being made available for community groups by Sheffield Council’s highways contractor Amey.

The company has launched a Community Partnership Programme as it continues its £2 billion Streets Ahead programme to revamp every road and footpath across the whole of Sheffield.

An Amey spokeswoman encouraged people to apply and said: “Donations of up to £250 are available to support a wide range of grass roots community based projects which support education and employment, environment and conservation or civic and community involvement.

“To ensure the benefit is spread equally across the city, we plan to support at least four schemes in each of the seven Community Assembly Areas.”

Applications must be made before 5pm on Friday and successful bids will be revealed at the start of June.

Amey took over highways maintenance last year and has a 25-year contract to look after Sheffield’s network.

Resurfacing work takes place across Sheffield until 2017, along with replacement of street lights.

The Streets Ahead programme aims to rid Sheffield of its ‘Pothole City’ reputation, and was secured following a lack of maintenance over several decades.

n For information or to apply, email sheffield.community@amey.co.uk.